Grand Parade

Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Starting Time: 6:00 p.m.
2015 Grand Marshal: Gary Reinschell
Units: Approximately 150
Participation: Pre-festival registration, INVITATION ONLY.
Description: The Millersport parade is an annual Event to open the Sweet Corn Festival starts at Millersport High School and travels north on Lancaster Street in Millersport and turns east onto Chautauqua Boulevard finishing on the Lions Community Park in front of the Main Entertainment Pavilion. Featuring 18 High School Bands and a variety of other units.

The Millersport Lions Club was honored to have Gary Reinschell of Lancaster serve as the 2015 Grand Marshal. This honor was in recognition of his unwavering dedication and loyal service for over 50 years to the Sweet Corn Festival as our Electrician and "lineman." He was asked back in 1965 by then General Chairman Al Francis about helping the legendary Roger Benson install and lay out the electrical grid system of the fast developing Historic Lions Park soon after the Festival had moved off of the streets of Millersport.

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Most of the current buildings, field lighting and power distribution system has been developed thanks in part to his line workmanship. Many times over the past five decades he has had to travel from his home in Lancaster during snow storms, thunderstorms and high winds to help restore power to the 100 acre park. Gary's unwavering support and dedication has made a difference in the success and growth of the Sweet Corn Festival. Gary is pictured with his wife Judy on the Grand Marshal float sponsored by Commodore Bank. If you look closely, Gary is wearing a shirt featuring a 1957 and a 1958 Oldsmobile, classic cars that he owns. He and Judy love participating in car shows and seeing America.

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Queen and Court

2015 Queen Allison Zink - (Johnstown-Monroe)
Allison is the daughter of Andy & Alisa Zink of Johnstown, Ohio. She attends Johnstown Monroe High School where she is a section leader for the 200 member Big Red Band. She plays percussion in Symphonic Band, sings in Chorale, member of the Student Council, Athletic Student Council and the Prom Committee. Allison loves participating in school musicals and is a three-year Varsity Cheer letter-man. She is the Senior Class representative on the Youth Leadership Council of Licking County and Prom Promise. She is on the honor roll and teaches 4th/5th grade girls at Heritage Christian Church. She works as a website designer and videographer. Allison plans to pursue a four year degree in either nursing or a related medical field.


2015 First Runner-Up Aili Barbee - (Northridge)
Aili is the daughter of Leanne Barbee and John Walters of Pataskala, Ohio. She attends Northridge High School where she is Print Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, student representative on the Northridge Board of Education, participates in high school musicals and the Ohio Model United Nations and is a member of the National Honor Society. Aili is a member of the Youth Leadership Council of Licking County, an Ambassador and now Junior Facilitator at the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar. She currently works as a kennel caretaker at the Johnstown Animal Hospital and enjoys reading, writing and acting. Aili plans on attending The Ohio State University next fall, and majoring in Biomedical Sciences, then on to John Hopkins Medical School before starting a career as a pediatric oncologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

2015 Second Runner-Up Gillian Janicki - (Lakewood)
Gillian is the daughter of Gretchen and Chip Griffith of Hebron, Ohio. She attends Lakewood High School where is active as a Varsity Cheerleader, in the Drama Club, Prom Committee and the Computer Information Services. Gillian serves on the Youth Leadership Council of Licking County and currently works at Bob Evans. She enjoys acting, reading and gardening with her grandma. Gillian plans to attend college in New York and pursue a career as an editor of a fashion magazine.

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SWEET CORN FESTIVAL Queen & Court Rules:

Takes place Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Entertainment Pavilion. Each of the 18 area high schools select a young lady to represent them in our pageant. These young ladies participate in our Wednesday Grand Parade along with their high school band. On Thursday of our festival, they begin their path through the judging process with closed doors individual interviews beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Lion's Club house. These interviews are conducted by 5 judges from outside the geographical area of these 18 high schools. Neither the judges nor the young ladies know who the other group is until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday of the festival. Following the closed door interview and the group walk through, the young ladies are then escorted onto the Main Entertainment Stage for public interview one at a time while continuing to be observed by the judges. following the completion of the on stage interviews, the judges retire to the Club House to tally their score sheets and determine our Queen, 1st and 2nd Runners Up.

The judging is based on 20% Activities, 15% Interview Questions, 15% Personality, 20% Speaking Ability, 15% Stage Presence, and 15% Overall Appearance.

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